Posts Tagged: employment background checks

Employment Screening FAQ Series: Do We Have to Follow FCRA Guidelines?

Today we continue our spotlight on some of the most frequently-asked questions we hear from employers concerning their use of employment background checks. This time, we focus on the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Let’s start with a definition. The FCRA of 1970 was enacted to promote the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer… Read more »

How to Choose the Right Employment Screening Services for the Job

One of the most common questions our clients ask us is, “How do I know which screening services to choose?” Employers want to make informed hiring decisions and mitigate their hiring risks without over- or under-doing it. When it comes to employment screening, it’s important to match the “check” to the job/role you’re hiring for…. Read more »

Can a Background Check Predict the Future?

Do people with otherwise clean criminal backgrounds suddenly perform criminal acts? Should companies be able to predict this behavior and take actions to protect their customers, workforce, and public at large? Where does employer liability end and individual liability begin? Questions about the predictive value of background checks and in particular, criminal background checks, have… Read more »

Avoiding the Perils of Social Media Employment “Checks”

A few months ago, Facebook announced that it had 128 million daily unique users in the United States. That’s over 1/3 of the population who viewed, updated, and shared personal bits of information with a network of “friends”, each of whom has his or her own network. Inevitably, a lot of the people on Facebook—and… Read more »

FTC to Employers: The FCRA Covers Employment Screening

Two recent settlements announced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) drive home the point and serve as an important reminder that employment background screening is subject to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). You, as an employer, should understand how the FCRA relates to your employment screening program and ensure that your consumer reporting… Read more »